27 Inch monitor,

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  1. applemike macrumors 6502

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    Ive been looking around for a 27inch monitor. 16:9 aspect ratio and at least 20000:1 colour gamut and havent been able to find anything I like.

    I do not want people telling me to buy an iMac, i just want to run my laptop on a large monitor when not using it for college.

    Any ideas and website links would be great, thanks!

    :apple:Mike
     
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  3. clickmantis macrumors newbie

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    I looked for one a few months ago with no luck.

    Since then it looks like Dell came out with a 27 inch monitor with similar specs to the screen on the iMac. Looks like it they are behind on filling orders and it is a bit pricey as it is brand new. Dell does have a lot of sales. Only a matter of time before the price on this one drops.

    UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen
    Max Resolution: 2560 x 1440
    Image Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 / 80000:1 (dynamic)
    Response Time: 6 ms
     
  4. cube macrumors G5

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    Some test site has an article complaining about contrast ratio spec inflation.
    They say that most monitors actually go up to about 1000:1
    The exception is a Samsung which actually does almost 3000:1
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    The Samsung is the F2380M.
    3267:1
    But not 27".
     
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  7. mfram macrumors 65816

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    I just received my Dell U2711. It's a real nice display. I was using a TN display before, but this one is IPS and the colors are much nicer. It's a plain-looking black exterior motif, but the screen itself is very nice. There were no dead pixels and I didn't see any strange color tint. I'm quite happy with it so far. Came with dual-link DVI, VGA, and HDMI cables. The stand seems pretty robust, too. Height and tilt adjustments.
     
  8. applemike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well ive found a ver nice Samsung 21 inch monitor, high resolutio, massive contrast ratio, and at a low price, so Im debating wether to go for that, ro to look into the dell.

    :apple:Mike
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    So now only a 21" display? What happened to 27"?

    Can you define "high resolution"?

    21" monitors are usually 1680 X 1050, a pretty far cry from a 27".

    A 27" Dell U2711 is $1000, whats "a low price" compared to that?
     
  10. applemike thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am still lookinf for a 27" but since i cannot find one that meets my standards, im looking at other things in the meantime,

    ive found a 21" with a resolution of 1680 x 1050 with a dynamic contrast ratio of 50000:1 and a typical contrast ratio of 3000:1

    all for only £120.11 (about $180.48) very nice specs for a nice price. but my search for a 27 will continue

    :apple:Mike
     
  11. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    You should really stop buying displays after their contrast ratio. These dynamic ratios are faked by the manufacturers and don't say anything about the display quality.
    A display for 120 quid is definitely a TN panel and believe me, it will look like crap compared to the 27" Dell IPS. In EVERY way!
     
  12. mfram macrumors 65816

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    No kidding. Some of those quoted contrast ratios read like speaker wattage numbers spouted by manufacturers. They sound impressive, but don't really mean much about the quality.

    Put it this way, I keep my U2711 "Brightness" control between about 22 at night and about 45 during the day (out of 100). If it goes much higher than that, it begins to get too bright for me.

    The U2711 is an expensive monitor, but believe me you are getting excellent picture quality with that IPS panel. I moved away from a TN panel because I wasn't happy with the color reproduction on my 24" panel I had before. The larger monitors will only amplify the short-comings of TN panels if you buy one.
     
  13. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    mfram, can you please tell me what you think of the U2711? I am thinking about getting one, but need to know how it is before justifying the cost.
     
  14. josemaX macrumors newbie

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    U2711

    Hello

    I have an U2711, it's a great device.

    Note that in order to use it's native resolution (2560*1440), you need a dual link DVI. For apple notebooks you need one that has DisplayPort and the special DisplayPort to DVI DL adapter, with a "normal" DVI adapter you'll get only (the not so sharp) 1920x1200.

    Perhaps it works via DisplayPort (the U2711 has one) but i've been unable to get a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable.
     
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